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After last season, the Ravens knew a huge key to 2017 success would be the man under center. Franchise quarterback Joe Flacco had to play well – really well – for the Ravens to get back into the playoffs.

Now, as the Ravens sit on the outside of jerseys from china the postseason looking in for a third straight year, Head Coach John Harbaugh was asked Thursday for his evaluation of Flacco’s 10th NFL season.

There was no over-arching quote, but Harbaugh’s main point was that Flacco performed as well as he could given the circumstances and showed considerable progress in the second half of the year when healthy.

“As far as numbers and things like that, the first half of the season to the second half of the season was dramatic,” Harbaugh said. “The number of interceptions, the touchdown passes, those kind of things, it’s a dramatic turnaround. And it speaks to his health.”

Here are the numbers Harbaugh is referring to:

For a 16-game season, Flacco posted career-lows in passing yards (3,141), touchdowns (18) and quarterback rating (80.4) since his rookie year. He completed 64.1 percent of his passes, which is the third-highest mark of his career, but his 5.72 yards per attempt was the lowest in the league.

However, when focusing on Flacco’s performance once he was healthy, it’s a different story. Over the final seven games, his quarterback rating was 89.5. He tossed 10 touchdowns to three interceptions.

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Flacco didn’t put up eye-popping passing yards, but he was highly efficient and led the league’s second-highest scoring offense from Week 8 on. There was nationwide chatter about the emergence of “January Joe.”

A more accurate evaluation of his ability going forward is probably best done looking at the two halves of the year separately.
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Harbaugh pointed out that Flacco dealt with injuries the past two years. He was coming off a torn ACL last year and injured his back before training camp this year. The back injury knocked Flacco out of training camp and the preseason and lingered into the regular season.

Flacco has never been one to give excuses, and he often downplayed his back issues when talking to the media, but it had a major impact early on.

“To say that wasn’t a factor in our passing game early, combined with our personnel issues we had there, it wouldn’t be fair to Joe,” Harbaugh said. “I think Joe did a great job of fighting through that.”

Even once he returned from the back injury to begin practicing one week ahead of the regular-season opener, Flacco wasn’t 100 percent healthy in practice and had to make up ground in terms of chemistry with his wide receivers.

It affected the Ravens’ game plans early on as well. Baltimore took a more conservative offensive approach at the start of the season, opting to get the ball out of Flacco’s hands quickly to expose his exposure to hits. That became even more of a priority after the Ravens lost All-Pro guard Marshal Yanda in Week 2.

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Flacco clearly didn’t move as well within or outside the pocket, making it difficult to escape pressure and set up big chuck plays. Often, Flacco was left dumping the ball to his check-down receivers, which explains his low yards per attempt.

“Maybe sometimes he got the ball out quick, but I think he was under duress a lot of times early in the year when we lost both of our guards,” Harbaugh said.

“He did a good job managing that situation, and I feel like toward the second half of the season, we were completing some more balls down the field. The fact that he was protecting the ball in the pocket and didn’t take very many sacks speaks very well to the kind of season he had.”

Flacco helped the Ravens overcome some of their biggest deficiencies. A patchwork offensive line gelled throughout the year, but Flacco helped the unit by getting rid of the ball and avoiding sacks. The Ravens gave up the seventh-fewest sacks in the league. Flacco didn’t lose a fumble all year.

The Ravens didn’t get much production from their wide receivers outside of Mike Wallace, and Flacco’s targets dwindled in the stretch run with the injury to Jeremy Maclin (knee) and Breshad Perriman’s unproductivity and resulting deactivation.

Drops were also an issue, as a couple led to critical interceptions in key losses. They proved to be especially costly in the season-ending loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Still, Flacco can be even better moving forward. Harbaugh was asked about whether the team would consider adding a quarterbacks coach to work on Flacco’s footwork. Harbaugh said if he finds one that fits the team and what Flacco wants, it could happen.

“If we can do that, we’ll do that,” Harbaugh said. “As far as his mechanics and all that, when you miss training camp and you’re working with a back tweak, all being considered, I think Joe’s mechanics were pretty good.”

Harbaugh said Flacco made some impressive throws off his back foot and conceded that he missed some too, just like any quarterback would.

But with potentially more weapons and better health next year, Harbaugh seemed confident Flacco can pick up where he left off in 2017, or better.

“He needs a healthy training camp and a healthy OTAs and all that to be his best, just like any player does,” Harbaugh said. “And I’m excited about that going into next year.”

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Russell Wilson had perhaps his most frustrating performance of the season Sunday against the Redskins, a loss that Seattle’s quarterback will soon have to wash away as the Seahawks travel to Arizona on Thursday.

Wilson didn’t have his worst passing performance, his 297 yards are the fourth-most he’s thrown for this year. His completion percentage wasn’t even his most disappointing, that honor belongs to the season-opening version of the sixth-year QB, who completed only 14 of 27 passes in a loss at Green Bay.

His 24 of 45 effort versus Washington jerseys from china was frustrating because he threw two irrefutably bad interceptions and took an untimely sack in the game’s most pivotal moment, costing his team field position on its final drive. That was after Wilson nearly complete yet another magical fourth-quarter comeback, though he was ultimately outdone in the clutch by counterpart Kirk Cousins.

For that reason, Wilson took a tumble in Doug Farrar of Bleacher Report’s weekly QB Power Rankings, a list that had Wilson occupying the top spout after besting Deshaun Watson in a shootout.

In the gallery above you can find the Farrar’s top 10 quarterbacks after week nine.

The Seahawks offensive line is not good. Statistically, it’s been the worst in the NFL for awhile now. Based on the numbers, it did not have a very good day against the Redskins during a 17-14 loss. According to Pro Football Focus, Russell Wilson was under pressure on 34% of his drop backs.

Jokes were made…

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A video of the Redskins pressuring Wilson with a one-man rush made the rounds on social media, giving everyone another opportunity to shame the Seahawks line…

But that play doesn’t expose the Seahawks line in anyway; it jut goes to show how quick NFL fans are to blame any bad play on the offensive line. Watch that play again, and pay attention to how deep Wilson drops. He’s a good 13 yards behind the line of scrimmage…

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And that wasn’t the only play where Wilson created his own pressure on plays his offensive line played well. This is his first dropback of the game…

Here’s his second…

Two dropbacks, two good pockets and two “pressures” given up by the line. Wilson did turn the second play into a positive one, but that’s not reflected in the offensive line’s stats.

There are more of these plays…

…all from the same game.

Even some of the legit pressure Wilson faced can’t be put on the line. The Redskins do not do a very good job of disguising this blitz before the snap.

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The safety might as well be carrying a “This guy’s blitzing” sign when he lines up directly behind the linebacker. Sure enough, that’s what happens…

Wilson doesn’t adjust the protection. The line slides away from the blitz, and the linebacker has an open path to Wilson.

Who gets the blame? That terrible Seahawks offensive line, of course.

Seattle is lacking talent on the offensive line and line coach Tom Cable hasn’t done a very good job of developing his players, but Wilson could do a lot more to help out his guys up front. The frustrating thing is Wilson shows the ability to do it … at times. Here’s an example from the Redskins game.

Wilson helps out his tackles by climbing the pocket rather than trying to escape out the back door, which he’s done so often in his career.

He’s given the opportunity to do so again later in the game — and would have seen a receiver streaking across the field wide open if he had — but he scrambles instead and misses out on a big play.

Wilson has had a lot of success playing sandlot football and his ability to improvise makes him one of the better quarterbacks in the league. But those plays are hard to produce consistently, which could explain why Seattle’s offense has had trouble finding week-to-week consistency throughout Wilson’s career.

The offensive line will continue to be blamed for the Seahawks’ offensive problems no matter how well it plays. And that’s pretty much true for every offensive line across the league. Fans will blame the faceless offensive line for a team’s problems rather than the skill players they have grown attached to. That’s not likely to change anytime soon.